ICYMI: Oxymoron debuts at #1
ScHoolboy Q’s third LP “Oxymoron” debuts at #1 on Billboard this week with sales right under 140,000. Representing his label mate and frequented musical partner Kendrick Lamar in the best way possible, this becomes the largest opening week sales for a Hip-Hop album in 2014. It’s fantastic to see ScHoolboy get the shine he deserves and as a follower of his music since “Habits & Contradictions” his growth is being well rewarded!
Elsewhere on the charts, Kid Cudi’s surprise album bows gracefully at #4 with sales of 87,000 copies. Cudi, who’s last album debuted at #2 on the charts with higher opening week sales, released the album with no promotion, warning, or indication of doing so.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
In 2014, TDE hopes to lock and load its most ambitious slate of releases: Rashad and the label’s first nonrap signing, New Jersey-based female singer-songwriter SZA, will be coming with albums, as will original team members Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. Meanwhile, Free thinks the long-awaited debut from Black Hippy – the supergroup featuring Lamar, Q, Rock and Ab-Soul – is likely to appear in 2014; Tiffith indicates that TDE is planning to release a new Lamar album this coming September, too.
Above is an excerpt from Billboard’s cover story with Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q. While I certainly expect a K. Dot album sometime this year (2 years after his debut), the pessimistic side of me is saying that the label’s ambitious goals may fall the way of delay. C’mon guys, we’ve all seen it before. But more power to TDE if they pull it off — including that Black Hippy album. They’re right on track with Oxymoron this past Tuesday.